ABSTRACT

Candle Fires in Residential Structures [2006]   [open pdf - 698KB]

"Retail sales of candles are growing each year. 'In the last 10 years, the increase in candle sales has been at least 700 percent,' noted Valerie Cooper, executive vice president of the National Candle Association, in a 2004 interview. The National Candle Association estimates that candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households with annual candle sales averaging $2 billion. Nearly 2,000 varieties of candles are on the market, ranging from small votive warming candles to those used for religious purposes and holiday decorations. Candles, though, are responsible for an estimated 23,600 residential structure fires each year and cause 1,525 civilian injuries, 165 fatalities, and $390 million in direct property loss. This topical report examines the causes and characteristics of these candle fires, based on 3 years of fire data (2002-2004)."

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Date:
2006-07
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
Source:
Topical Fire Report Series (July 2006), v.6 no.1
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